Honours in Classics and Ancient History

Honours Contact

Please check the list of academic coordinators for the Department of Classics and Ancient History Honours Coordinator contact information.

For general enquiries, please contact the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

Room H3.04, Level 3, Main Quadrangle
Telephone: +612 9351 2862
Fax: +612 9351 3918

Find your supervisor on this staff list.

University of Sydney Honours Scholarships

The University of Sydney offers Honours Scholarships valued at $6000.

These scholarships will be awarded in degrees that require an extra year of study and are open to all local students, and to International students who have completed their undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

Further information about these scholarship will be available on the Scholarships website from early September.

The closing date for applications is usually mid December.

Honours paths

An extra year in classical studies allows students to specialise in a particular field and to write a major piece of research. The Department of Classics and Ancient History offers multiple paths to an honours degree:

The Honours year can be the culmination of your study in classical studies or (with appropriate advising from the Honours co-ordinator) a pathway to further research in our postgraduate program. In either case it develops worthwhile transferable skills in analysis and critical argumentation.

Qualifying for Honours

Qualifications for Honours vary from path to path. If you are considering an Honours year, it is best to seek early advice on all the pathways open to you and the skills you will need to do your best.

Ancient History

Our formal prerequisites are a credit or better average in 36 senior credit points of Ancient History including ANHS2612 PLUS 12 senior credit points of GRKA or LATN

Latin

Our formal prerequisites are a credit or better average in 42 senior credit points of Latin including two of:

  • LATN3603,
  • LATN3604,
  • LATN3605,
  • LATN3606

plus 6 additional senior credit points of Greek, Latin, or Ancient History.

Ancient Greek

Our formal prerequisites are a credit or better average in 42 senior credit points of Greek including two of:

  • GRKA3603,
  • GRKA3604,
  • GRKA3605,
  • GRKA3606

plus 6 additional senior credit points of Greek, Latin, or Ancient History.

Classics

Our formal prerequisites are EITHER credit average in 36 senior credit points of Latin including two of:

  • LATN3603,
  • LATN3604,
  • LATN3605,
  • LATN3606

plus 18 additional senior credit points of Greek
OR credit average in 36 senior credit points of Greek including two of:

  • GRKA3603
  • GRKA3604
  • GRKA3605
  • GRKA3606

plus 18 additional senior credit points of Latin.

From 2015 onwards, applicants will need an average of 70 or above for all Honours streams.

How do I apply?

In 2014 the Department of Classics and Ancient History will not be accepting mid-year Honours enrolments

You apply to undertake Honours via Sydney Courses. Instructions can be found here.

If you are interested in applying, you should discuss your application with the departmental Honours coordinator who must approve your programme before you submit your application.

Important note: Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee you entry into the Honours programme. Honours places can only be granted where there is supervisory capacity.

Honours students need to register with the Department of Classics and Ancient History by October 31 2013. Download registration form

Undertaking Honours

Once accepted, students in the honours program will participate in research seminars and will complete a thesis. Language students will also sit an unseen examination.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded an Honours degree at one of several levels (e.g. First Class; Second Class, Division One and so forth).

In all cases, the Honours co-ordinator can advise you on acceptable equivalents to our standard requirements for qualification. Students wishing to take Honours should consult members of the Department's staff about the prerequisites and corequisites for honours and what is involved in an Honours course.

Ancient History Honours seminars for 2014

Early Greek History
Dr Ben Brown

Writing Rome
Dr Elly Cowan

Greek Honours seminars for 2014

Greek Oratory and Historiography
Prof. Eric Csapo

Greek Drama
Prof. Eric Csapo

Latin Honours seminars for 2014

Republican Poetry
Dr Paul Roche

Imperial Prose
Dr. Bob Cowan

Classics Honours seminars for 2014

Students may chose two of the above seminars offered for Greek Honours and Latin Honours.

Marking

Honours Grade Descriptors

80-100: First Class (I)

90+
Work demonstrating the highest levels of accomplishment and intellectual autonomy that can be expected from an undergraduate student. An overall Honours mark of 90 or higher is a requirement for the award of a University Medal, though Medals are not automatically awarded to students with overall results of 90 or more.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range indicates substantial and innovative research; wide and deep reading in the scholarly literature; sophisticated, perceptive, and original interpretations of data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art; and a very high level of independent thought and argument.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates an excellent level of grammatical accuracy, syntactical sophistication, and nuance in use of vocabulary and register.

85-89
Work that demonstrates a very high level of proficiency in the methodologies, subject matter, and modes of expression and argumentation appropriate to the field or fields studied. Work in this range shows strong promise for doctoral study.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range indicates substantial original research; wide and deep reading in the scholarly literature; a very high level of skill in interpreting data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art; and a high level of independent thought.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a very high level of grammatical accuracy with only some mistakes, as well as syntactical sophistication, and nuance in use of vocabulary and register.

80-84
Work that demonstrates a high level of proficiency in the methodologies, subject matter, and modes of expression and argumentation appropriate to the field or fields studied, and shows potential for doctoral study.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range can indicate thorough research; a firm grasp of the relevant scholarly literature; and a high level of skill in interpreting data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a very high level of grammatical accuracy with few mistakes and only very rare basic errors, with vocabulary and syntax varied and expression highly coherent and well structured.

75-79: Second Class, First Division (II.1)
Work that demonstrates a generally sound knowledge of the methodologies, subject matter, and modes of expression and argumentation appropriate to the field or fields studied.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range can indicate solid research; a firm grasp of the relevant scholarly literature; and competent interpretations of data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art. However, work in this range may also show evidence of a higher level of independent thought combined with some significant lapses in research or expression.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a high standard of grammatical accuracy with few mistakes and only very rare basic errors, with vocabulary and syntax varied and expression highly coherent and well structured.

70-74: Second Class, Second Division (II.2)
Work that demonstrates an adequate but limited performance in the methodologies, subjects, and/or languages studied.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range can indicate an adequate general knowledge of the subject from the reading of both primary material and secondary literature, straightforward argumentation, and clear expression. A mark in this range may also reflect a superior performance in one or more of these areas combined with serious lapses in others.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a good standard of grammatical accuracy, albeit with some mistakes, including occasional basic ones; the work shows a good grasp of complex sentence structures and an appropriately varied vocabulary.

65-69: Third Class (III)
Work only barely above the standard of pass-degree work in the field studied. A mark in this range indicates a basic but limited understanding of the methodologies and subject matter of the field or fields studied, and skills in argument and expression that are only just adequate for Honours-level study and research.

Below 65%
Honours not awarded.